Tag Archives: Department of Health and Human Services

Privacy Tip #92 – Finally, HHS Is Removing SSNs from Medicare Cards

For those of you who know me, you know that I have been very frustrated with the federal and state governments for continuing to use Social Security numbers for eligibility, enrollment and participating in Medicare and Medicaid. This includes listing individuals’ Social Security numbers on the Medicare and Medicaid cards. The good news is that … Continue Reading

HHS Releases Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force Report

This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued its “Report on Improving Cybersecurity in the Health Care Industry,” which is the culmination of a year-long effort on behalf of the Cybersecurity Task Force, made up of industry professionals from the public and private sectors to identify and develop recommendations “on the growing … Continue Reading

21st Century Cures Act Includes Prohibition on Information Blocking and Mandates for Additional HIPAA Guidance

On November 30, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives voted strongly in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act (the Act), an expansive health bill that addresses the discovery and development of new medical therapies as well the delivery of health care treatment by providers. In 2015, the House had previously approved an earlier version … Continue Reading

HHS releases HIPAA guidance on care coordination and case management

In its third release of HIPAA guidance over the past few weeks, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released“The Real HIPAA: Care Coordination, Care Planning, and Case Management Examples” to assist covered entities and business associates in determining what disclosures of protected health information are permitted under HIPAA. The blog post gives examples … Continue Reading

HHS proposes updates to confidentiality of Part 2 substance abuse treatment records

On February 5, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued proposes changes to the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations, also known as “Part 2 records” which were published in the Federal Register on February 9, 2016. Significantly, the proposed changes update Part 2, which was originally enacted in … Continue Reading

HHS issues proposal to allow covered entities to report background check information to NICS

In a press release issued on January 3, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that “as part of President Obama’s continuing efforts to reduce gun violence…HHS…issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to remove unnecessary legal barriers under …HIPAA…that may prevent states from reporting certain information to the National Instant Criminal Background … Continue Reading

HHS IT security found to be weak

The House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee issued a report late last week that the information security of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has substantial weaknesses. Several incidents that occurred between 2012 and 2014 indicated that several agencies were compromised or attacked without the agency’s knowledge. In one instance, the report … Continue Reading

HHS issues fact sheet on HIPAA rules and resources

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a fact sheet on the privacy, security, and breach notification rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Designed to apply to HIPAA-covered entities, including health care organizations, health care plans, providers, and their business associates, the fact sheet provides a basic overview … Continue Reading
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